Wednesday: Parts of Italy have experienced major earthquakes.
At time of writing 38 people are known to have died and several buildings have collapsed.
150 people are missing.
Thursday the updated death toll is at least 247 dead.
With the final days of summer vacations playing out many additional people are believed to have been in the affected areas.
"The tremors reduced three towns to rubble and sparked urgent search efforts."
They are searching with heavy equipment and bare hands in a race to free any people who are alive but trapped.
Later it will move on from a search and rescue operation but for now there is still hope.
Worst hit was the village of Pescara del Tronto which was levelled to the ground. There are fears the number of dead and injured will increase.
Wednesday it was reported at least two children killed.
Many people have been displaced.
A town called Aamatrice was also flattened. All that remains is rubble.
The 6.2 quake struck at 01:36 GMT; it was 03:36 local time.
That means many of the people affected were sleeping soundly in their homes when the quake struck.
It bit a region north-east of Rome around 60 miles from that capital city.
But Rome and other regions felt the quake even at a huge distance.
Search and rescue teams are arriving in the area to join others already working on the operation.
Lunchtime Wednesday in the UK Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi gave a TV address. He vowed no area would be left behind in the rescue operation. He has tried to reassure citizens many who are now homeless.
Social media is being used by some to let loved ones know they are safe.
There are always tourists in Italy too.
The Guardian has footage and some startling before and after images from the region.